Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15100
    Tuition (Year)
    5500
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
Queen's University Belfast ,
The School has a reputation for research that focuses on Ireland in an international context, including comparisons with Europe, the US, the Global South and North-South Irish comparisons, including specific issues around borders. We continue to advance scholarship in a number areas: childhood and childcare; gender and welfare; the development of new theoretical ideas and measurement techniques in the field of poverty and equality; historical and contemporary social movements; health, illness and disability; drug use and misuse; and social identities.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

Various methodological approaches - including qualitative, quantitative, cross-cultural, longitudinal, biographical and comparative history - are reflected in our research. We approach the fields of social work, sociology, gender studies, and criminology from a broad perspective and encourage multidisciplinary approaches to the study and analysis of social phenomena. We see ourselves as social scientists committed to ways of working that interact with and build knowledge and capacities in the communities around us.

The annual research income is currently over £1.6m and our funders and partners include the research councils, government departments, the EU, Council of Europe and the large foundations. School research is informing thinking and the development of policies in many areas, such as the well-being of children, social cohesion, equality, physical and mental health, and illicit drug use.

The School's research training is recognised by the ESRC and we attract postgraduate research students from many parts of the world including several European countries, Ghana, India, Jordan, Russia, Uganda and the USA.

Accreditation

Officially accredited/recognized by the Privy Council, Queen's University Belfast (QUB) is a large (enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Queen's University Belfast (QUB) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

Projects
  • PROMOTING RESILIENCE IN CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AFFECTED BY PARENTAL SUBSTANCE MISUSE (PSM): A FEASIBILITY STUDY OF THE PHAROS GROUP WORK PROGRAMME
  • VOICE, AGENCY AND BLAME: VICTIMHOOD AND THE IMAGINED COMMUNITY IN NORTHERN IRELAND
  • CARE PATHWAYS AND OUTCOMES STUDY: THE TEENAGE YEARS
  • LEGAL, ETHICAL AND MORAL ISSUES IN RESEARCHING CONFLICT, VIOLENCE AND PEACE
  • REPORTING ON BEST PRACTICE IN CROSS-DEPARTMENTAL WORKING PRACTICES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

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Academic Requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Normally a UK 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University)

and a UK Masters degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum average grade of 60% in the taught modules and a minimum grade of 60% in the dissertation or research project (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University).

Applicants who hold a UK 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) may be considered if they hold a UK Masters degree in a relevant discipline with the results stipulated above (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University). Evidence of relevant professional experience and/or attendance at interview may be required in such cases.

INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on their International Students website.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International students (where English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 7.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:

English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15100 International
  • GBP 5500 EU/EEA

Funding

DEL Student Support FundThe DEL Student Support Fund is a discretionary fund which may provide financial assistance to students from Northern Ireland and Great Britain, who encounter financial difficulty whilst studying
  • All full-time and part-time (50% of equivalent full-time course) Northern Ireland and Great Britain undergraduates and postgraduate students can apply.
  • Undergraduate students must have taken out their maximum Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan entitlement.
  • All postgraduate students must demonstrate that they have organised sufficient funding for their course.
University’s Hardship Fund
Students who are not eligible for the DEL Student Support Fund will be considered for an award from the University’s Hardship Fund. There is a smaller amount of money available within the Hardship Fund, so circumstances must be exceptional for an award to be made.

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